USC helps researchers turn ideas into dollars

Jochen Lauterbach (right) works with a graduate student in researching a method that turns JP8 jet fuel into propane. (Photo provided)

The Office of Economic Engagement at the University of South Carolina aims to encourage economic growth in South Carolina by increasing the commercialization of research at the university.  Read More...

Enstar closes on $218M acquisition of Companion P&C

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina said it was selling its Companion P&C unit to Enstar Group because the property and casualty business does not fit company’s strategic growth plans. Companion has about 200 employees, 170 of whom are in South Carolina. Read More...

S.C. construction business gains 1,100 jobs in December

The underlying jobs trend in the industry is positive, with construction employment expanding at more than double the rate for total nonfarm payroll jobs, according to the Associated General Contractors of America. Read More...

BlueCross BlueShield names Stinson chief medical officer

Physician Shawn Stinson will guide the company’s collaboration efforts with the South Carolina medical community to transform health care to improve the patient’s care experience, improve population health and reduce costs. He succeeds Laura Long, who retired in December. Read More...

The Fitts Company to invest $4.2M in Calhoun County facility

Founded in 1998, The Fitts Co. plans to build a 70,000-square-foot office and manufacturing facility in the I-26 Industrial Park. The new facility will double the size of the company’s current operation. Read More...


Vista Guild elects new president

Richard Burts, who will serve a one-year term as president, said the Congaree Vista Guild looks forward to steering “responsible growth” as the neighborhood plans to welcome 3,000 new residents and $500 million worth of new development. Read More...

Manufacturing executive describes need for worker training center

Greenville County officials join Gov. Nikki Haley and Greenville Technical College President Keith Miller in shoveling dirt at the groundbreaking on the Center for ManufacSpeaking at the groundbreaking for the Center for Manufacturing Innovation, a Bosch Rexroth executive said the $25 million worker training center addresses a major problem. Mike McCormick said it’s a “lack of high-skilled technicians for manufacturing.” Read More...